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Victory in Canadian Exception Lawsuit: Atanackovic v. Duke
Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Schmitt writes: "Plaintiffs sought review of a CBP decision to deny a Canadian physician’s denial of admission into the United States in H-1B visa status. The physician was denied admission because he was subject to the two-year foreign... Read More

'Compelled Speech' Lawsuit Challenges New Form I-612 - Schmitt v. Johnson
Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Schmitt writes: "Hake & Schmitt filed a complaint for declaratory, injunctive, and mandamus relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against DHS for the new Form I-612, which must be used after September 24, 2015.... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against CSC to Halt RFE Crisis in I-612 Hardship, Persecution Waivers - Schmitt v. Johnson
Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Schmitt, Oct. 18, 2016 - "From April 29, 2016 to present, Hake & Schmitt has received 10 hostile and abusive Requests for Evidence (RFEs) in I-612 hardship and persecution waiver applications. All 10 of the RFEs violated USCIS policy on... Read More

Tags: i-612 , waiver , schmitt , csc , hake , rfe , lawsuit

AAO 212(e) (J Waiver Hardship) Victory by Hake & Schmitt
Posted on 13 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Schmitt writes: "For about a 9-10 month period, the USCIS CSC was very hostile towards I-612 hardship and persecution cases. We received an RFE on almost every case we filed. We overcame just about all of the RFEs except for the one we received... Read More

Hake & Schmitt Challenge New Form I-612: Letter to USCIS
Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 21-page letter dated Sept. 29, 2015, J-1 visa experts Bruce Hake and Brian Schmitt state: "Our law firm has concentrated on Form 1-612 hardship and persecution waiver applications for more than 20 years. We believe we have filed more I-612s... Read More

Tags: j-1 , i-612 , schmitt , hake , form

Federal Court Litigation Triggers I-612 Hardship Waiver Victory: Fabry v. Kerry
Posted on 8 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Filing of lawsuit by Hake & Schmitt induces State Department Waiver Review Division to issue favorable recommendation in de novo filing in an I-612 hardship waiver case "The State Department Waiver Review Division (WRD) issued a not favorable... Read More

BIB Editorial Board Hail and Farewell: Hake Hands Off to Schmitt
Posted on 31 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bruce A. Hake , founding partner of Hake & Schmitt and a leading expert in J-1 exceptional hardship waiver cases and legal ethics, is rotating off the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin . In his place, we are proud to announce... Read More